BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – With a pair of program records and a total of four first place finishes men's track and field placed third at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet Saturday afternoon at Bridgewater State University.
Men's – 3rd out of 7 teams (114 points)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Setting program records at Saturday's championship was Virgil Harrell III (Hamden, Conn.) in the long jump with a leap of 22-09.75 feet, breaking the original record by five inches. The 4x800-meter relay team also established a new program best with a time of 8:41.33. The team of Jimmy Cannon (Quincy, Mass.), Jack Davis (Southwick, Mass.), Prosper Lubega (Watertown, Mass.), and Jack Bushway (Walpole, Mass.) broke the record by .22 seconds to earn fifth place overall.
Posting first place finishes was Stefan Powell (Hyde Park, Mass.) in the 200-meter dash with his time of 22.29 seconds. Dom Nda (Pittsfield, Mass.) also earned another medal for his trophy case, as he tripped the sensor with a time of 10.92 seconds in the prelims, and 10.84 seconds in the finals. Harrell also grabbed a first-place time in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.61 seconds, to cap-off a great day for the freshman.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Nda, Powell, Garth Miriyoga (Johannesburg, South Africa), and Bless Amedoadzi (Boston, Mass.) continued their pursuit of a national championship as they stole the show on Saturday. The four sprinters recorded a final time of 41.58 seconds, which was .01 seconds off-of their season best time, which has them sitting fifth in the country.
Powell posted the second fastest time in the 100 with a time of 11.06 seconds, while Amedoadzi took third in the event with a time of 11.07 seconds. Nda earned a second-place finish in the 200 with a time of 22.35 seconds, with Amedoadzi taking seventh with a time of 23.22.
Themo Liakopoulos (Swampscott, Mass.) led the way in the discus throw with his fourth place finish with a final throw of 116-02 feet. Julian Collins (Asheville, N.C.) finished in fifth with a throw of 111-08 feet.
Xavier Hill (Hyde Park, Mass.) posted a fourth-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 43-03.75 feet, with Chris Fleurima (Port-a-Prince, Haiti) finishing in fifth with a distance of 41-11.50 feet.
The Beacons will compete at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship meet next Friday and Saturday at MIT.